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Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency (PEAR)

The Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR) was established in response to growing recognition that high-quality afterschool programs hold the promise of building resiliency and preventing high-risk behavior in youth, as well as contributing to school success. It was founded in 1999 by Gil Noam, EdD, PhD, as collaboration among McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, along with a number of strong community partners.

Gil Noam

Gil Noam, Ed.D.

PEAR takes a developmental approach to the study of new models of effective afterschool programming, and incorporates educational, health, public policy, and psychological perspectives. Dedicated to the "whole child—the whole day," PEAR integrates research, theory and practice to make lasting connections among youth development, school reform, and mental health. The set of programs and projects that constitute PEAR are dedicated to making meaningful theoretical and practical contributions to youth development, school reform and prevention.

PEAR is located at McLean Hospital. Its programs and projects are a part of a number of Boston schools and have been replicated in other parts of the United States. In addition, PEAR has established a university-wide advisory committee to highlight the inter-disciplinary and inter-faculty work that is necessary to address the issues facing youth in schools and out-of-school. As a result, PEAR has established dynamic collaborations with other Harvard University departments, projects, and programs, and acts as a managing partner for local, city, and state afterschool and mental health initiatives.

Learn more about PEAR's innovative programs and projects by visiting the PEAR website.